1 9 9 4 – 1 9 9 6 (USA)
21 x 60 minute episodes
While in Hawaii to address the annual Homicide Symposium, Dr Dawn “Holli” Holliday (Cheryl Ladd), the deputy chief medical examiner with the LAPD, finds the body of a young woman while swimming in Macaha Bay on Waikiki.
Because of her status, Holli is permitted to assist the local coroner in the autopsy. Holli concludes by the marks on the victim’s chest, that she was pushed and drowned. Later, during the post-op, Holli finds that the girl is missing a kidney that was surgically removed and declares her death a homicide.
Arrogant maverick detective Lieutenant Mack Wolfe (Richard Burgi) is assigned to investigate Holli’s Jane Doe case. Their investigation uncovers an organisation that brings girls into Hawaii for prostitution and the sale of organs. The girls receive extensive plastic surgery to make them beautiful, and in return, they “donate” a kidney.
When the case is solved, Holli is asked to remain in Hawaii and become the new medical examiner to replace the retiring Dr Reeves. She accepts and finds a new business address at One West Waikiki – the medical examiner’s building.
Holli’s mother died when she was still a child, and she was never able to obtain the cause of death (which was listed as “unascertainable”). That is why Holli went into forensics and why she never gives up on a homicide.
Episodes of the CBS series followed Holli and Mac’s investigations with other regular characters including Nui Shaw (Kayla Blake), the coroner’s office field investigator; Mac’s assistant, Kimo (Ogie Zulueta); and police captain Dave Herzog (Paul Gleason).
Dawn ‘Holli’ Holliday M.E.
Lt. Mack Wolfe
Captain Dave Herzog